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Women in Leadership Conference

Now Sold Out!


Our Women in Leadership Conference is now SOLD OUT. If you were interested in attending, please contact us at or call 01707 502180 and we can add you to our waiting list.

Join us at Sopwell House, St Albans, on 28th February for our first Women in Leadership ConferenceThe aim of this event is to provide you with support & inspiration, the opportunity to network with peers and develop your leadership skills, and to hear from a fantastic selection of successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

We are delighted to announce our Headline Sponsor for this event;

JPA Workspaces promotes Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace. It is our pleasure to support the first Women in Leadership Conference in this year of change. We love creating healthier & happier workspaces and would be delighted to add our inspiration & expertise to your workplace. Let’s talk, we would be happy to show you how, please contact Jo Broadley at or visit

Keynote Speakers:

Our closing Keynote Speaker for this Conference will be Kelly Smith MBE, the best female footballer England has ever had!

Kelly is a fantastic role-model; despite the prejudice she encountered trying to get into the male-dominated world of football, she is now a former England Captain, has been awarded an MBE and achieved every club accolade possible, including winning the Premier League with Arsenal.

Kelly is ranked the fourth-best England goal-scorer ever, beating even David Beckham (and close behind Wayne Rooney and Gary Lineker). Kelly is also a Barclays Football Ambassador for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (the equivalent of the men’s Premier League), she says, “Football builds character, resilience and teamwork.”

Sarah Howard MBE, Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce, will be delivering one of the Conference keynote speeches.

Sarah will share details of BCC’s People Campaign, discuss the role business can play in fixing inequalities in the workplace and talk of her own experiences from her career in industry.

Sarah was President of Suffolk Chamber for three years before being elected first female Chair, BCC, in 2019. She started her career as a management consultant at KPMG moving to JP Morgan before setting up her own company, Sarand Business Software, with her partner in 1994.

Additional Speakers:

The programme will focus on the experiences and challenges women have faced on their way up the career ladder, beginning with a presentation from Janet Hayes, Executive Coach, Necton Consulting, titled 'Can you have it all? Women's Transition to Leadership'. A summary of findings from her 2019 research for an MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. 

Followed by a panel of senior businesswomen who will discuss the question: 'Can we have it all?' including:

  • Chair - Anita Brightley-Hodges, Co-Founder and Chairman, Family Business Place
  • Naomi Connell, Chief Finance Officer, VolkerWessels UK
  • Sarah Moreland MBE, Executive Director, Hertfordshire Agricultural Society
  • Hannah Prowse, Preconstruction Manager, Special Projects team, Sir Robert McApline
  • Nicole Sadd, Chief Executive Officer, Rothamsted Enterprises
  • Rina Sond, Partner, Longmores Solicitors
  • Sharon Taylor OBE, Leader, Stevenage Borough Council

For  more information on our panel please see here.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Resilience with Pauline Kidd, Leadership Development Specialist and Johanna Guerin, HR Consultant, HR Blah Blah Blah
  • Unshakeable Self Confidence with Jenny Garrett, Leadership Development Consultant, Jenny Garrett Global
  • Work/Life Balance with Carole Spiers, CEO & Founder, Carole Spiers Group

For more information on the breakout sessions, please see here.


We have an incredible array of businesses exhibiting at this Conference, see more about each of them here.

There is still the opportunity to host an exhibition stand at this event, for more information please contact

Please use the link below to check our Event Terms and Conditions prior to booking a place at this event:


Bookings are now closed for this event.  


Event Information

Member: £150.00 per person

Non-member: £210.00 per person

Event Date: 28 Feb 20 10:00 - 15:30

Latest Booking: 24 Feb 20 17:30

Contact: Events Team

Tel: 01707 502180


Spaces Available: 0

Venue: Sopwell House
Cottonmill Lane,
St Albans

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